German ski body institutes proceedings over doping probe

20th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The DSV took action after a list of athletes including active and retired German biathletes was published in connection with a new probe by Austria's officials.

Munich -- The German ski federation DSV has instituted legal proceedings after its biathlon team was mentioned in connection with a doping probe in Austria.

The DSV legal expert Franz Steinle said on Tuesday that the proceedings were instituted against persons unknown on Monday at a Munich court and on Tuesday at a Vienna court.

The DSV took action after a list of athletes including active and retired German biathletes was published in connection with a new probe by Austria's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).

The BKA investigation follows anonymous information regarding illegal blood doping practices.

German biathletes issued sworn statements, saying they have never engaged in illegal practices and methods.

Germany's leading sports parliamentarian, Peter Danckert, on Tuesday dismissed these statements as "irrelevant and quite useless" because they were not made before a judge.

Danckert suggested that the DSV wanted the statements merely to scare off the media. He urged German and Austrian authorities to clear up the case, at the same time expressing his belief that the athletes were innocent.

Steinle dismissed Danckert's criticism, saying the sworn statements were taken to present them before a court if necessary.

DPA with Expatica

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